Prowling coyotes have become so prevalent in rural Virginia that some residents are stringing up multiple carcasses from tree branches at farms and ranches.
A dozen dead coyotes swaying from a roadside tree in the tiny mountain town of West Augusta were captured in images by an Associated Press photographer traveling the back roads of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley this week.
Mike Fies, a wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said there are no population control benefits to stringing up dead coyotes.
The rural practice is possibly a holdover from the days when ranchers were paid bounties for each carcass, he said.
You string up the carcasses so the smell of rotting meat will bring in more for you to shoot. Think ‘Free Lunch’ here.